"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
An•es•the•tize: Deprive Of Feeling Or Awareness
Have you ever thought about winning a Powerball lottery? You know one of those multi-state ticket frenzies where the winning payout is so big your head explodes with visions of Tuscan villas, private jets and caviar-topped crostini's. These mega lottery games get even the most cynical of individuals whipped into a frenzy thinking they might beat the staggering odds to win the pot of gold.
During House Oversight hearings, it was revealed that during the past five years, the federal government paid out "$100 billion in improper payments every year thanks to a combination of fraud, clerical errors and insufficient IRS enforcement."
$500 billion over five years!
You would think this news would have also generated a frenzy in the minds of the American people. After all, it was their hard earned tax dollars that were wasted! Sadly, most people didn't know the hearing existed. If they were aware, they may have heard through a major news outlet that it was simply a partisan witch-hunt.
And what was the response of IRS Commission Koskinen? "This is an important issue to the IRS". Wow, thanks Commissioner.
America sleeps better at night knowing this is an important issue to the IRS. We are truly comforted knowing that the IRS will give the loss of $500 billion in taxpayer funds the same serious attention that has been given the IRS political targeting of non-profits and individuals, the destruction of Lois Lerner (and other IRS employee's) emails and instant messaging, and their disciplinary action of an IRS employee who grotesquely violated the federal Hatch Act to campaign on IRS call center phones for a partisan political candidate.
What we have here is a lot of kabuki dancing, a heaping pile of photo ops and a generous portion of canned ham talking points by members of Congress seeking 10 minutes of air-time for their next newsletter or social media post.
What we don't have is real, substantive action except by two federal judges who have just ordered the IRS to fess up, under oath, about what happened to Lerner's emails and hard drive.
If you want real substantive change then please look closely at the 2014 candidates who want to represent you. If they say the support the FairTax, do they stand proud and can they defend it?
If not, ask them why. If they have not made their position on tax reform known press the issue. This candidate may well determine the future of HR 25, the FairTax Act, which is before Congress right now.
HR 25 is the only tax replacement plan before Congress that defunds, disbands and eliminates the IRS.
It is also the only tax reform plan that transfers power from Congress to the people.
The American people are beat down, seemingly anesthetized. When they are told that our government wasted $500 billion of their hard earned money, they don't even blink. Something is terribly wrong when this becomes the people's reaction.
If you elect representatives who perpetuate the continued use of the income tax code as a political and financial weapon, then you have just become part of the problem.
Vow today that you will stand strong for the FairTax. Run, don't walk to candidate meetings. Make your voice heard. Make time for Congressional town halls. Ask critical questions and listen to Candidate answers. Canned ham responses are a sign of disrespect to you as a constituent.
Don't allow yourself to become any further sedated, any further complacent. America needs you. The FairTax needs you.
As Ronald Reagan once said, "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
Until next week,
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In a little noticed act at the end of this year's session, the Florida House and Senate called for an end to the U.S. income tax system. On May 22, Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent notice of that vote to President Obama, Vice President Biden (in his role as president of the Senate), House Speaker John Boehner, and all members of the Florida delegation.
Our legislators said all forms of federal income taxes should be replaced with pending federal legislation known as the "FairTax" (H.R.25/S.122).
If enacted, the FairTax would defund the IRS over a three-year period. It has 74 co-sponsors in the House and eight in the Senate, more than any other tax proposal.
The corrupt, inefficient IRS would be gone. In its place, state agencies, most of them experienced in sales tax collection, would be paid to collect the new federal consumption tax from all businesses.
The businesses, too, would be compensated for their paperwork in handling the new system…
- David Leake
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